Cincinnati Adult Baseball League
Rules & Regulations
(Covering: Ages 25+)
1.01 Age minimums: To be eligible to
play in a Cincinnati Adult League Baseball (Cincy ABL) game, a player must be:
25 years old within the calendar
A player must turn 27 years old within
the calendar year to pitch
No other position restrictions
All players are subject to the
professional and playoff-eligibility rules. (See 1.03 and 1.05)
1.02 In good standing: Players must be
in good standing with the league in order to be eligible to compete. In good
standing includes but is not limited to having served suspensions for
ejections, having paid all outstanding debts to former teams and/or the league
itself, having not been sanctioned by the league for behavior infractions, etc.
1.03 Professional Experience: A player
may not have participated in a professional baseball game within the previous
calendar year. (i.e. to play in the 2015 Season, the player must not have
played in any professional game in Calendar 2014.) Teams are limited to three
(3) former professionals who have been out of professional baseball for less
than five (5) years. Professional baseball refers to Major League Baseball, its
minor league affiliates and any league where players are paid to perform
(including Independent Leagues).
1.04 Penalties: A player found in
violation of Cincy ABL eligibility regulations is subject to expulsion from
Cincy ABL for five (5) years. Any manager found to have used an ineligible
player also is subject to expulsion from Cincy ABL for five (5) years. All
games in which the ineligible player participated will be forfeited. An
expelled player or manager has the right of appeal to the Governing Board or
may petition the league President for reinstatement after one (1) year.
Eligibility: To participate in Cincy
ABL league playoffs, a player must:
Be on a roster (meeting all roster
/ league eligibility requirements) prior to AUGUST 1st; and by the end of the
Field Players to have played in
minimum of 1/3 of total games played plus one (1) additional game. A game
played counts if the player, bats, pinch runs (ie slot runner) or plays defense
during the game. Rain outs and forfeits do not count toward this total.
Ex: A team has played 26 games; to be eligible a player must have played in 9
games. (1/3 of the 26 games played rounded down to 8 games plus one additional
game). Pitchers need to have pitched at least 20 innings in the regular
season, or have played in minimum of 1/3 of total games played plus one (1)
additional game (in the field or as a pitcher), to pitch in a playoff game
(start or relieve any number of innings). Games that were forfeited against
a team will NOT count toward the number of games for their eligibility total.
Ex: Team A forfeits against Team B. At the end of the season Team B will have
their eligibility total come from 25 games instead of 26 games. Team A must
still base their eligibility on 26 games.
A player, who fails to meet the
minimum game number or 20 inning requirement due to injury, may
petition the Rules Committee for a waiver. The waiver request must be
in writing and include date of injury and documentation of treatment from a
health professional, etc. The waiver request must be submitted by AUGUST 15 of the current season. No
waiver requests will be accepted less than two weeks prior to the start of
Rosters on file as of AUGUST 1 will be the final playoff rosters
and will be available for reference. The Rules Committee will send out a list
of ineligible players before the playoffs begin.
Use of ineligible players will lead
to forfeiture of playoff games in which the ineligible player participated.
Proof of participation during the regular season must be noted in the player’s
team’s scorebook AND in the statistics on the league website. To verify
eligibility of players for the playoffs, ALL teams MUST have statistics entered
on the league website at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the playoffs;
otherwise that team will be ineligible for the playoffs.
Eligibility requirements are waived
for two (2) coaches who have coached their team the majority of the season and
are listed as coaches/ managers on the manager's list.
Players who miss the minimum number
of games due to military service can apply for a waiver with proof of service.
Governance: Cincy ABL is governed by a 3-member Governing Board,
which establishes playing guidelines, fees. The Governing Board shall be
composed of a President, Vice-president, and Secretary. Members of the
Governing Board will have selected responsibilities throughout all of the
divisions. There is also a Rules Committee will rule on rule disputes and
eligibility issues that occur during the season.
2.01 Good Sportsmanship and adult attitudes must prevail no matter what the
level of competition. Umpires will eject players before, during or after games
for any of the following infractions, which the league considers to be
Consumption of alcoholic beverages
during a game. (While the league cannot make judgments on sobriety, managers
are requested to prohibit players who arrive at games and appear intoxicated or
smell of alcohol from playing. Umpires will eject players who smell of
alcohol.) (See Rule 2.04 regarding alcohol.)
Threats of physical intimidation of
umpires, players or spectators, including any threatening physical contact.
(In case of no ejection or where umpires are unaware of such an incident,
managers need to report the incident to a member of the Governing Board for
Verbal abuse of umpires, players or
spectators, such as profanity, name-calling, belittlement or excessive
harassment. (Ball & Strike calls and judgment decisions are not debatable.)
Throwing of equipment (bats,
helmets, gloves, etc.) at the umpire’s discretion.
Fighting (see 2.03).
Intentionally throwing at batters @
Social Media - The CABL website is
used by managers to post game results and recognize player performance on the
field and to convey league information such as game changes and rain outs. The
CABL Facebook page uses excerpts from the CABL web page to provide a snapshot
of each game date and to help publicize the league to the general public at
large. The CABL website and Facebook page are not to be used to criticize or
belittle umpires or other players and teams in our league. The CABL website and
CABL Facebook page is not to be used as a sounding board to personally offend
another person and/or team.
If a player or team feels they are
being attacked through the CABL website or the CABL league Facebook page, that
player or team can submit through their manager a formal complaint to the
league for review, with an explanation of why they feel offended. The Rules
Committee will review the complaint.
The Rules Committee and League
officers also have the option to review any comments a player publishes on the
CABL website, and the CABL Facebook page, which may be deemed as bringing
negative attention to the CABL.
If the Rules Committee reviews such actions and votes
that the social media postings do not fit into the overall spirit of the
league, the following consequences can be invoked:
A warning to cease the postings
Posting rights to the CABL website
CABL Facebook page post is
immediately removed and the offending player posting right’s to the CABL
Facebook page are revoked
One game suspension for the
The Rules committee also reserves the right to increase
the punishments depending on the severity of the incident or for repeat
offenders. The punishment options above are NOT sequential in regards
Any player who is punished by the social media rule has
the right to submit a formal appeal of the punishment to the Rules Committee
2.02 Ejection: Any ejection will
carry an automatic one (1) game suspension during the next scheduled game. When the offender is ejected, they must
leave the immediate playing area; in most cases, this means leaving the playing
field or facility or facility grounds. If a participant refuses to cooperate
with an ejection, additional sanctions may be levied, such as forfeiture of the
contest, monetary fines, or suspensions. The
player is ineligible during the next scheduled game and is required to not be
physically present at the next scheduled game.
On review the suspension may be extended to two (2)
games depending on the circumstances of the incident. More serious infractions
could result in longer suspensions. Suspensions will carry over from season to season. Any team member who
is ejected twice during the same season will be suspended from Cincy ABL for
the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. Any team member, from year
to year, with a history of ejections is subject to further disciplinary action
subject to the Governing Board. All suspensions of more than one (1) game
may be appealed in writing to the Rules Committee, no later than the next scheduled game after the infraction.
Managers are required to notify the League
President, League Secretary,
and the Chairman of the Rules Committee or their designee, of
any player ejected from their team. Failure to notify the aforementioned members by the start of the next scheduled
game could result in a forfeit for the offending team for using an
ineligible player. If that player competes in the contest and the league
officers have not been notified then the contest in which that player
participates in will be declared a forfeit and all subsequent games that the
ejected player participates in will be also be declared forfeits.
2.03 Fighting: Players involved in
fights (regardless of who may have been the instigator) will be suspended for
the remainder of the season, and will have a
strict zero-tolerance policy going forward. Any future infractions or ejections
against the player(s) will prevent the individual(s) from future involvement in
the league. Sanctioned players may appeal their suspension to the
Rules Committee and, if denied, may petition for reinstatement before the
2.04 Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages are
prohibited at the playing sites – before, during and after all league
activities. Playing sites are defined as the playing site itself plus the
property owned by the same entity surrounding the playing site. This includes
parking lots. Player(s) found in violation of open-container ordinances at
playing sites are subject to a 2-game suspension.
2.05 Tobacco: Smoking is prohibited on
the field of play or in the dugouts and their immediate area, before, during or
after games. Players who wish to smoke must go to the stands or the parking
lot—however; players are subject to the field owner’s smoking rules. Player(s)
found in violation of tobacco regulations at playing sites will be ejected and
subject to subsequent penalties.
2.06 Property responsibility: Player(s)
responsible for damage or vandalism to facilities and/or property used by the league
will be suspended from play, pending an automatic review of his actions by the
Governing Board. Player(s) may also be financially responsible for repairs.
2.07 Right of Appeal: A player may
appeal a suspension of more than one game, to the Cincy ABL Rules Committee but
must do so within 24 hours in writing (to the Chairman of the Rules Committee
or his designee). This may be by email. Appeals will be heard by the Rules
Committee, which will review the incident to determine whether the suspension
should be upheld, modified, or waived (the Board does have the option of
increasing sanctions). Player may participate pending appeal; although the
Committee will do all they can to review the appeal within 24-36 hrs. Players
suspended for actions other than an ejection are not eligible to compete
pending their appeal. In the case of suspension appeals, The Rules Committee
will have the following options:
Rescind the suspension.
Increase the suspension
Decrease the suspension
I: In the case of a 2nd ejection suspension appeal, player has 24
hours in which to file an appeal; however, the player may not participate
pending a hearing.
II: In all cases, an umpire’s report will be solicited from the Umpires
Association whose members officiated a game out of which a protest, ejection or
appeal arises. However, an umpire’s report will not be necessary for the
implementation of the one (1) game suspension for an ejection (2.02).
3.00 Registration / Fees / Waivers
3.01 Registration: Before competing in a
Cincy ABL event, a player must:
Be listed on their respective
team’s Commercial General Liability Form. (CGL). This form will also serve as
the Team Roster.
New players to Cincy ABL will
provide a copy of their Driver’s License or Birth Certificate to the League.
3.02 League Fees: All league fees are to
be paid before the first game, and all games will be forfeited until those fees
are paid in full.
3.03 Insurance: Cincy ABL carries a
$2,000,000 liability policy. The per-team fee is included in team registration
3.04 Fee Payment: Managers are
responsible for their team’s fees and how they are collected. The Governing
Board will set deadlines for the payment of league fees (league fees include
field fees, insurance fee, and balls). Teams will not be scheduled to play if
fees are not paid.
4.01 Size: Maximum: 25 players for
regular season. Players must meet Playoff Eligibility Rules (see 1.05) to be on
Roster for playoffs. Final Playoff Rosters are due AUGUST 1st. Coaches
should remove players from the Roster who are not eligible for playoffs. The
Rules Committee will send out a list of ineligible players before the playoffs
4.02 Ex-Professionals: Refer to 1.03
5.00 Player Transfers
5:01 Players may transfer to 1 other team
during the season provided that he is released from his original team AND he
has fulfilled all financial obligations from his previous team. These
obligations will include league and uniform return and or fees. Any player in
the league who wants to transfer from one existing team to another during the
off season is acceptable, providing all financial obligations from his previous
team have been fulfilled.
5.02 The request must include documentation of
approval (written or email) by vacated team manager to the CABL President.
Managers can block release requests during the season and the player must wait
until the following season to play on another CABL team. This rule only
applies to transfers after the season has started. A release can only be
denied under these circumstances by the Rules Committee:
Tampering: Proof a player was
recruited or induced financially, etc., to change teams
The transferring player has not met
financial or equipment obligations to the team he is leaving. Teams are
required to notify the Governing Board in writing prior to the transfer if
there are any financial or other issues involving any players
5.03 Players in the league are free to transfer
to another team no later than July 1st. The associated teams must provide new
rosters reflecting the changes.
5.04 Players transferring to a new team by July
1st must fulfill the original eligibility requirements of their new team in
order to be eligible for the playoffs. See rule 1.05.
6.00 Pre-Game & Starting Rules
6.01 Where possible, the home team has the
field until 15 minutes before the game. Visiting team has the field 15 minutes
prior to the game. Be gentlemanly and help each other out.
6.02 A team must have at least 8 (eight) of its
players to start an official game. The deficient team has a 10-minute grace
period to get at least 8 players before the game is declared a forfeit. If a
player is on the way in, then it is up to the managers and umpires discretion.
A team may start a game with 8 players. The 9th (slotted) batter
will always be an automatic out with less than 2 outs. If there are 2 outs and
anybody is on base and the 9th batter comes up, the inning will
continue with the top of the order and the next inning will start with an
automatic 1st out. If there are 2 outs and nobody on base and the 9th
batter comes up, then the automatic out is the 3rd out. If another
player arrives after the start of the game, then he will automatically be put
into the 9th slot. It is allowed for the opposing team to borrow
from the opposing team a 9th player for defense if they choose. In
this case, the 9th batter automatic out rules still apply. It is
also allowed for the opposing team to borrow a player to the deficient team for
the whole game (maximum of 1 player). In this case, that same player will stay
on the opposing team for offense and defense for the whole game, and the
automatic out rules do not apply. In either case, the winner of the game is
awarded the points, regardless of the deficient team.
6.03 If a game is declared a forfeit, the
deficient team may pick up players from the opposing team or other teams at the
site; umpires are NOT committed to calling a game under these conditions.
6.04 The team that is at bat is
responsible for retrieving foul balls. On-deck batters will retrieve balls to
backstop. Everybody should help.
6.05 Managers are required to submit the official
line-up, including last name, first initial, and jersey number of all players
expected to participate in the game, to the home plate umpire and opposing
manager. Players arriving after the start of the game then may be inserted into
the game, but that player must be listed on the lineup card to be eligible to
play. (Penalty: Follow existing baseball rules for batting out of turn.)
6.06 Both teams are required to keep scorebooks
and to communicate changes in the offensive line-up, pitching and catching to
the opponent’s scorekeeper. Penalty for 6.06
First occurrence: Warning and
appearance before the Governing Board
Second occurrence: Forfeiture of
7.00 Games: Complete & Length
7.01 Length: Regular Season Sunday games
are 9 inning games. Regular season Wednesday games are 7 inning games. All
Playoff Games are 9 inning games.
7.02 Time Limits: There is no time limit
for 7 inning games. Darkness will be only limiting factor. 9 inning game – No
inning will start after three hours from start of game, BUT not less than 9
innings. If the game remains tied, see Rule 7.05.
7.03 Darkness: The score of the game will revert back to the last
completed inning when darkness forces the mid-inning halt to a game. Often
times, both managers come together to discuss “what if” or “this will be the
last inning” with the umpires, and this is a good practice. Unfortunately, we
cannot control weather and darkness is a limiting factor and there will be no
continuation of the game.
7.04 Rainouts: Prior to the start of a
game – field owner, commissioner or home team manager (in that order)
determines status of field. Rainouts will be listed on the league website.
Once game is started, rainout decision will be made by umpires. Every attempt
will be made to complete the game. Makeup dates will be designated and
determined throughout the season.
7.05 Complete games: Five (5) innings
(4½ if the home team is ahead) – for both 9- and 7-inning games.
7.06 Tie games: If the score is tied
when the time rule limit is enforced, the game will be continued the next time
the two teams play or the score will remain a tie (if the two teams do not play
again). Teams may also play additional innings at the discretion of the game
umpires. The decision of the umpires to continue the game is final and
non-reviewable. Tie games will be completed if the schedule allows.
7.07 Mercy rule: A game will complete
under the following circumstances:
15 runs after 5 innings in a nine
(9) inning game
10 runs after 7 innings in a nine
(9) inning game
10 runs after 5 innings of a 7
Games may also be ended early upon
the agreement of both managers
Teams will forfeit under the following conditions:
8.01 Fewer than 8 players are available at
the start of game after 10-minute grace period.
8.02 Fewer than 8 players are available after
the start of (or during) the game because players being lost due to ejection or
injuries. This is the case regardless of the inning the game is in.
8.03 Use of an ineligible player.
8.04 Failure of an ejected player to leave the
8.05 Lack of uniforms after June 1st.
(all players on the field must be in uniform). (See Rule 10.01.)
Note: If a
game has been declared a forfeit and both managers agree to share players, the
teams may still play a game; however, umpires are not obligated to work the
8.06 If a team forfeits due to a shortage of
players prior to game start, the forfeiting team will pay both umpires fees. Umpire
Fees: $65/ea. for 7 inning game, $75/ea. for 9 inning game.
8.07 A Hearing by the Rules Committee
will be held if a team forfeits twice during the season to determine their
future for the rest of the year. In no instance will a team continue with 3
8.08 All games will be played as scheduled. If
a team chooses not to play a regularly scheduled contest then that game will be
declared a forfeit and the non-forfeiting team will be declared the winner. If
a game is forfeited before 12 pm the day before the scheduled game then the
forfeiting team will pay both umpires a $25 ($50 total) appearance fee.
This fee will be paid back to the league before the next scheduled
contest. If this occurs a second time, the forfeiting team will have
to pay both umpires fees regardless of notification and could be subject to
additional penalties. Umpire Fees:
$65/ea. for 7 inning game, $75/ea. for 9 inning game. See 8.07.
9.00 Protests / Suspension appeals
9.01 Protests: Allowed only on rule
interpretations or violations. Protests on a judgment call by an umpire will
not be accepted. Retroactive protests will not be accepted.
9.02 Process: Protests must be
made at the point at which a rule has been broken or miss-applied. To protest
a game, a manager must:
Stop the game before the next pitch
Notify the umpire and the opposing
manager that the game is being played under protest and why.
Write in the HOME team’s scorebook
the situation and on what grounds the game is being protested. The manager
must sign it.
The umpire must sign the HOME
team’s scorebook, noting the situation of the game (including the count on the
hitter) and when the protest was lodged.
/ Protest Committee: All matters subject to
dispute must be submitted in writing within twenty-four (24) of the incident to
the Chairman of the Rules Committee, the League President, or the League
Secretary or their designee. Disputes can be submitted by email, and
must contain all information pertinent to the dispute. Names of the teams
involved, the date the incident occurred, names of players and/or umpires
involved, and a complete description of the event. Contact information for all
the parties concerned must also be included. All disputes will be decided
based solely on the written information submitted by the involved parties, so
the written information that is submitted must be complete. It is up to the
discretion of the Rules committee to request more information to resolve the
dispute. This however, may delay the judgment of the committee.
manager of the opposing team must be informed of the protest and the reasons
thereof, so he can submit information regarding the dispute to the Rules
disputes that are not filed within the proper time frame will not be considered
by the committee nor by the league president.
dispute will be heard by at least three members of the rules committee and
decided upon by a majority vote. In all cases, an odd number of members will
cast a vote as to not have a tie. The league President and Vice League President
will be the deciding vote if there is a tie or Rules committee cannot come to a
consensus. The decisions of the Rules Committee are final and are not
subject to appeal.
of the Rules Committee will be rendered with 24-36 hours of hearing the dispute
and communicated to the involved parties. No verbal disputes will be heard by
the Rules committee or the league president, nor will any action be taken on
9.04 Rulings: The decision of the Rules
Committee is effective immediately and cannot be appealed.
10.01 Uniforms and Uniform Quality: All
teams must have matching uniforms (tops and baseball pants) and hats of a
baseball quality not unlike those worn by professional teams and be in
accordance with the rules of baseball. No sweatpants or shorts allowed.
Pitchers will not wear white or gray long-sleeve shirts, wristbands, or batting
gloves. Non-uniformed players will not be allowed to play or appear on
the field. Coaches are allowed to wear shorts but must have matching
uniform top and hat. All teams must make an effort to have their uniforms
by their first game. If a team doesn’t have uniforms, the game will be played,
but all teams must have uniforms by June 1st. Teams who do not
have uniforms by this date could be subject to forfeit. (Teams whose
uniforms have not arrived but can prove purchase may apply to the Governing
Board of the league for a waiver of this rule before any game is played.)
10.02 Helmets: All batters (dual-flapped
or flap toward pitcher), and runners must wear helmets.
10.03 Bats: Only wood bats or wooden
composite bats (Bamboo, birch etc...) may be used in league and tournament
play. In the case of composite bats or bats that have metal handles as long as
the barrel of the bat is made of wood it is deemed legal for league play.
10.04 Cleats: Metal cleats are allowed,
with the exception of turf fields. All games played on turfed fields must be
played with molded cleats or turf shoes.
10.05 Baseballs: Cincy ABL supplies
baseballs to each team. The home team and the visiting team will each supply 3
baseballs – 2 new and 1 good used – for each game.
10.06 Catchers’ Equipment: Catchers are
required to wear a skull-cap or helmet, a protective cup and throat guard (can
be built into mask).
11.00 Playoff Tiebreakers
11.01 For post-season playoff seeding, the following
tiebreakers will be used:
Overall Win – Loss Percentage
Head to Head Record
Fewest runs allowed in games played
between the tied teams.
Fewest runs allowed for the season
in games that are played. Forfeits do not count toward this total.
Average runs per game if teams have
played a different amount of games.
11.02 Post Season Field Choices: The team
with the higher overall seeding will have the first choice of field selection.
This is a perk of being a higher seeded team and playing well during the
Cincinnati ABL Special Playing Rules
The Major League Baseball rulebook, with American
League designated-hitter specifications, serves as the official guide for
governing play for any Cincy ABL game. The exceptions are included in these
rules alterations for Cincy ABL.
12.00 Safety Rules
12.01 To prevent injuries, all runners should
avoid collisions with fielders.
12.02 Any runner who deliberately runs into a
fielder or forcefully slides into a fielder away from a base will be ejected.
12.03 Illegal slides will result in the sliding
player being called out and ejected.
A legal slide is directly to the
base (defined as player being within an arm’s length of the bag) on a straight
line from the previous base. A slide may go past the base, but not through the
base to hit a fielder. In general, the players should slide at all bases where
there is an apparent play.
An illegal slide is described as:
sliding with such momentum that it
takes the sliding player into a fielder beyond the base
sliding out of the baseline
sliding with spikes above the
12.04 The rules committee is concerned about
unnecessary and violent collisions with the catcher at home plate, and with
infielders at all bases. The intent of this rule is for base-runners and
defensive players to avoid such collisions.
When there is a collision between a
runner and a fielder who clearly has possession of the ball, the umpire shall
Whether the collision by the runner
was avoidable (could the runner have reached the base without colliding) or
unavoidable (the runner’s path to the base was blocked); or
Whether the runner actually was
attempting to reach the base or attempting to dislodge the ball from the
PENALTY: If the runner, a)
could have avoided the collision and reach the base, or b) attempted to
dislodge the ball, the runner shall be declared out even if the fielder loses
possession of the ball. The ball is dead and all other base runners shall
return to the last base touched at the time of the interference.
A.R.1 – If the collision by the
runner was flagrant, the runner shall be declared out and also ejected from the
contest. The ball shall be declared dead.
If the defensive player blocks the
base (plate) or baseline clearly without possession of the ball, or is not in
the immediate act of catching the ball, obstruction shall be called. The runner
is safe and a delayed dead ball shall be called.
A.R.1 – If the runner collides
flagrantly, he shall be declared safe on the obstruction, but will be ejected
from the contest. The ball is dead.
12.05 The catcher is not allowed to block the
plate without the ball or a reasonable expectation of a play on the runner. If
he does, the runner will be safe, and the catcher will be warned. A second
warning in the game will result in ejection.
12.06 Any fielder who forces a runner to slide by
faking a tag will be ejected. The runner advances one base.
12.07 Any pitcher who, in the opinion of the
umpires, intentionally throws at a batter will be ejected. The player
ejected could potentially face additional discipline by the Rules Committee.
12.08 Same ejection, suspension and expulsion
rules (and appeals) apply as described in Section 2.00 of Cincy ABL
13.00 Batters Box Rule
13.01 Batters must keep one foot in the box at
all times while at bat. The following exceptions:
When batter is driven out by a
pitch or has swung at a pitch
Defense calls time out or pitcher
is off the mound
Defense attempts a play or a wild
pitch / passed ball occurs
Catcher leaves his position
Offense (or batter) calls time out
Batter fakes a bunt or assumes
possible ball 4 (this does not mean go all the way to first base)
13.02 When the batter is out of the box, he may
not leave the dirt area around home plate except in the case of a substitution,
a conference or an equipment problem.
13.03 This rule is to keep the game flowing.
When a player is in violation, the umpire will ask the offending batter to
return to the batter’s box – one warning per offending player. If the
offending player does not return to the batter’s box (or if the violation is
repeated), a strike will be called without a pitch being thrown.
Offensive and defensive teams are considered separate – a defensive player not
in the offensive line-up may be added to the batting order or inserted in a
shared batting position at any time.
14.01 Defensive: There are unlimited defensive
substitutions for players who are physically capable and willing to play.
14.02 Offensive: The starting offensive line-up
must have at least 9 batters (all can be DH’s if it’s the manager’s choice).
The maximum number of batters is limited only by a team’s roster.
The batting order may be expanded
at any time.
The batting order may NOT be
If a game begins with 8 players,
all must hit; players who arrive late must be added to the bottom of the order
until the line-up has at least 9 hitters, after that they may be added or
14.03 Official Lineup: Managers are required to
submit the official line-up, including last name, first initial, and jersey
number of all players expected to participate in the game, to the home plate
umpire and opposing manager. Line ups in the scorebook and all lineup changes
must be included in the scorebook the same way. A lineup with just first names
is no longer acceptable. All players who participate in a game must be
entered in the scorebook. This includes all pinch/courtesy runners and players
who play the field. At the conclusion of the contest each manager or their
designee, will check and sign the opposing team's scorebook. A signature in
the book means that you have checked the book and to your best knowledge, it is
complete and accurate. Any questions about players who participated in the
game should be asked at this time. Players arriving after the start of the game
may then be inserted into the game, but that player can only be added to the
bottom of the lineup or slotted for another player.
15.01 Defense: Free substitution at all
times. (Exception: See 15.02.)
15.02 Pitchers: Pitchers may re-enter as
pitchers as long as they remain in the game defensively. A re-entered pitcher
is limited to 4 warm-up pitches.
15.03 Offense: Those players not in the
initial offensive line-up can be inserted in the batting order by adding them
to the end of the line-up or by having them pinch-hit or pinch-run for another
player (slotted). Any time a player is added or inserted to share a batting
slot, the manager must notify the umpires and the opposing manager.
15.04 Offensive sharing: Two (or more)
players may share a position (batting or running) in the offensive lineup; the
sharing may be initiated by the manager at any time and is not limited to one
Neither player may appear anywhere
else in the offensive lineup.
If one of the players is
incapacitated (cannot play) for any reason (left early, ejection, or injury),
the remaining players in the shared position continue as before.
If all players in the shared
position are gone (left early or ejected), and no substitute who has not
appeared in the offensive line-up is available, the batting position is an
automatic out, regardless of number of batters in the lineup.
If the last player in a shared (or
non-shared) position is injured and is forced to leave the game and no
more substitutes are available, then the batting position will not be an
automatic out, unless it results in only 8 batters left, in which it will
be an automatic out in that slot.
15.05 If a player in the offensive (starting or
been added) line-up has to leave the game due to another commitment or
ejection, he must be replaced in the line-up by another player.
If there is no reserve player
available, the position is declared vacant and it will be an automatic out
whenever the position comes to bat for the remainder of the game. (Except 15.04
(d)). If an ejected player is at bat when ejected, his replacement will assume
the ball-strike count. If there is no replacement, it is an automatic out.
16.00 Courtesy runners
16.01 Courtesy runners are permitted if agreed
upon at the beginning of the game or as the need arises (injury etc.) during
the contest by each team’s manager. Managers if at all possible should declare
courtesy runners at the beginning of the game. A courtesy runner will be used for
the catcher with 2 outs as a speed-up consideration. The offensive
team may keep the catcher as the runner only if it considers it as an
advantage. That team will warm up the pitcher the next inning. The courtesy
runner must be the last batted out (this may in some circumstances extend to
the previous inning). If the team has more than 9 players than teams should
slot players to use as runners. Sportsmanship and common sense should rule in
the case of courtesy runners.
17.01 While pitching, a pitcher may not wear
white or gray long-sleeve undershirts; or wear batting gloves or wristbands.
All neck jewelry will be hidden.
17.02 If a pitcher hits 4 batters in a game, he
must be removed.
17.03 Intentional walks are allowed. Defensive
team just states its intention to walk hitter and he goes to first base,
without pitches being thrown.
17.04 Pitchers should be loose and ready to pitch
at game time. Umpires will enforce a maximum of 7 warm-up pitches between
18.01 Umpire Fees: $65/ea. for 7 inning game,
$75/ea. for 9 inning game. If both teams and the umpires show for a game
and it is rained out before the game starts, there will be no umpire fees
paid. If any portion of the game is played, the full umpire fees will be
If a team forfeits prior to game start and the weather
is not a factor, the forfeiting team will pay both normal umpire fees (see also
If only 1 umpire shows then he will be paid 1.5 times
the rate for that game, divided by both teams. (Wed-$100 Total; Sun.-$110
18.02 Continuation of a Suspended Game - If a
suspended game is resumed, the umpires will be paid the following prorated
umpiring rate: $4 per half inning per umpire per team.
18.03 If there is an argument on the field
regarding a play or rule interpretation, only the managers or acting managers
will discuss the call with the umpire(s). Managers will discourage their
players from discussing or arguing the call with the umpires. Complaints about
the on-field conduct of umpires can be filed in writing to the President within
twenty-four (24) hours of the incident for possible action. No verbal disputes
will be heard by the Rules committee or the league president, nor will any
action be taken on verbal disputes.
Throw to Third Rule:
2013 Addendum - Pitchers
can still fake throw to third base if occupied and throw to another base if it
is occupied. If properly done this will not be called a balk.
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